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Paris Photo 2017 A dazzling Show

The world’s largest international photography fair just got even bigger with 190 exhibitors presenting two centuries of images for a 360-degree view of the photography scene. This year’s highlights include the Prismes large-format section, and an itinerary devised by guest of honor, Karl Lagerfeld, which is set to turn heads and hike prices. A. K.

The program for the 21st Paris Photo at the Grand Palais is a like rollcall of the best in photography today, including top picks by guest of honor, Karl Lagerfeld, which look set to keep his fans happy. A photographer since 1987, the creative director of Chanel has been awarded some of the world’s top prizes, including the Culture Award from Deutsche Gesellshaft für Photographie and the ICP Trustee Award from the International Center of Photography. According to the designer: “Today, photography is part of my life. It completes the circle between my artistic and professional restlessness.

His selection of personal favorites from among the thousands of artworks on show include a stunning black and white photograph taken in 1969 of Romy Schneider by Gilles Caron at the School Olivier Castaing gallery, a fabulous spangled image of a dancer at the Folies Bergère by Édouard Boubat at In Camera, the abstract Yellow Passage by James Casebere at Templon, a delicate woman with a rose, Christy Turlington by Patrick Demarchelier at Camera Work, the surrealist zipped scissors of Ferenc Ficzek at acb and Liz Nielsen’s amazing photogram at NextLevel. These elegant, timeless works – stars selected by a star – are guaranteed to catch the eye and rise prices.

You can find them all in a book published by Steidl. The world’s leading photography fair, Paris Photo has put together an exciting show, including all the regular highlights. The one hundred and fifty-one galleries in the Main sector, located in central hall of the Grand Palais, are a sort of Who’s Who guide to the best in photography from the 19th century to the present day.

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This year’s selection is dominated by solo shows, with twenty-nine names in the spotlight. Alongside top Parisian galleries – Camera Obscura, Daniel Templon, agnès B., Gagosian, Xippas, Lelong, Magnum, Baudoin Lebon with Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, Suzanne Tarasiève with Boris Mikhaïlov, Caroline Smulders with Vanessa Beecroft, and many others – collectors and visitors can browse international galleries including Blindspot from Hong Kong, Julian Sander from Cologne, Joan Prats from Barcelona, Diehl from Berlin with Olga Chernysheva, Danziger from New York with Susan Meiselas, Richard Saltoun from London or Tanit from Beirut.

Once you’ve admired (or bought) some of the finest photography around, head to the Prismes sector for some monumental surprises. Already a leading name on the art scene, the young Parisian gallery Sator will be showing two ethnographic surrealist films made in Rio de Janeiro by the Greek artist Evangelia Kranioti; the Gowen gallery from Geneva is presenting the Laboratoire photographique by French artist Aurélie Pétrel; Eric Firestone from East Hampton has put together a selection of emblematic photographs by Henry Chalfant of subway graffiti from 1970 to 1980; Esther Woerdehoff is offering an exclusive glimpse of twenty silver gelatin prints by Karlheinz Weinberger, never seen in public before, revealing the hidden side of Swiss youth; and the Thomas Zander gallery from Cologne will be showcasing an exceptional and premonitory first series of works by renowned artist and theorist Victor Burgin, who cast a highly critical eye on the fetishization of women as the object of men’s desires.

Also new this year is the Films/Videos sector in partnership with MK2 and, from 10 to 12 November, a special selection of videos by artists selected by the curator of this year’s show, Matthieu Orléan. Presenting the best of international photography at the heart of Paris, Paris Photo never fails to sparkle.

From November the 9th to the 12th.

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By Par Anne Kerner. Photos : Patrick Demarchelier / Karl Lagerfeld / James Casebere / Gilles Caron - Published the

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